Illegal Delay of 2016 Equity in IDEA Regulations

On March 7, 2019, the US District Court in Washington D.C. ruled that the current Department of Education had acted arbitrarily and capriciously in failing to implement Obama-era rules which are intended to address the disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities. A summary of the action was issued by the Council […]

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Ground-Breaking Settlement for Ohio Special Education Students!

Ground-Breaking Settlement for Ohio Special Education Students!

On November 8, 2018, the news broke that disability advocates reached a settlement in the long-running Doe case against the State of Ohio.  While the settlement is still subject to court approval, it requires special efforts by the state for students with disabilities to improve test scores and rates of inclusion in 11 school districts.  […]

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Hickman & Lowder welcomes newest Special Ed team member Mary Jo O’Neill, M.Ed.

Special Education News

The Special Education Team of Hickman & Lowder welcomes Special Education Advocate Mary Jo O’Neill, M.Ed., as its newest member.  Mary Jo will be working with the team to develop more cost effective and efficient service packages to help parents navigate the complexities of IDEA.

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New SCOTUS ruling helps special needs students

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Helps Students with Special Needs

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a school must offer an IEP reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s unique circumstances (Endrew F. v. Douglas County Sch. Dist. 2017 Lexis 2025)  (“Endrew F.”).

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What’s Happening to Services in the DD System?

The past three years have seen developments which are leading to sweeping, radical changes to the system of services for persons with developmental disabilities (DD). Many families have become confused and anxious about these changes. While we cannot remove anxiety about how the system will evolve over the next few years, we can offer some […]

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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seal

Special Education Law Update

On March 3, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals released its opinion in A.G. v. Paradise Valley USD, No. 13-16239, a special education case. The Opinion has important implications for parents who are challenging a school district after the parents have agreed to the IEP or failed to make a specific request for services. […]

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New Guardianship Rules: What About Those Plans?

The Supreme Court adopted extensive amendments to the Guardianship Rules, which were effective June 1, 2015. Among these amendments is the requirement for all guardians to file an “Annual Plan” with the Probate Court. This new requirement has raised a number of questions: What should be in these Annual Plans? How is the Annual Plan […]

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